As a member of the House of Representatives delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly as well as my position of co-Chair of the Democratic Study Group on National Security, I am particularly well positioned as a leader in Congress on the issue of the Global War on Terror and its nexus with the War in Afghanistan. Let me state at the outset that with the successful end of combat operations in Iraq, I am committed to concluding the War in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Winning in Afghanistan requires some of the same mix of military and political parties that helped stabilize Iraq, focusing combat against hard-core militants while opening a dialogue with the more moderate. With our support, the Iraqis have already achieved great strides. As we refocus our national defense strategy to Asia and the Pacific, we will continue to be steadfast in our support of democratic allies including South Korea and Japan as they continue to face belligerent threats from the dictatorial leadership in North Korea. In general, America must only commit our young men and women into battle when all other means are exhausted and only against those who attack us or pose an immediate threat to the safety of our nation.